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Russell Museum

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Address: 2 York Street, Russell 0202, New Zealand
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The Russell Museum tells the story of the development of Russell /...

The Russell Museum tells the story of the development of Russell / Kororareka, from a small Maori fishing village, to a port of call for visiting ships and whalers to today's tourist town. Among the museum collections is Maori taonga including a small waka (canoe), a one-fifth scale model of Captain Cook's Endeavour, an original whaleboat and mementos of game fisherman, Zane Grey. Enjoy watching the DVD of historic Russell and see the exhibitions that are on display in the gallery. We hope you enjoy your visit.

The Museum gift shop features a wide range of special gifts, souvenirs and books.


The Russell Museum operates as a registered charity and does not receive any funding for operational expenses. The Museum is self funded by the entrance fee, research charges and profits from the Museum shop.

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Very fine small museum

We stayed in Russell for 3 days, and on a drenching day, ran to this museum as a refuge. We were delighted with this small gem of a place. The history of Russell is presented in... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Ethel C
Springfield, Illinois

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Strange little museum. $10 entry and stayed for 10 minutes. Little to see, mostly reading information that you can get off the internet. Gift shop is worth a look though.

Thank boourns23
Springfield, Illinois
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed in Russell for 3 days, and on a drenching day, ran to this museum as a refuge. We were delighted with this small gem of a place. The history of Russell is presented in a continuously running video program. There are Maori, early European artifacts, ship models, fishing/whaling exhibits, and a quirky gift shop in the entrance way.... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I'm a history buff so this museum was a must. Loved the video and the artefacts of Maori and settlers, but particularly enjoyed looking around the one fifth replica of Cook' Endeavour. The history of the seasons compiled using fallen and felled Kauri dating back more than 1,000 yeas is very interesting.

Thank gerryp24
Busselton, Australia
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We are not really into museums but this was quite interesting and if you are over that way worth a visit. We went over the car ferry snd really enjoyed our day trip here.

Thank Keza_WA
Lancefield, Australia
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Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

An enjoyable informative interlude A great little video on the history of Russell and some interesting artifacts

Thank William B
Hamburg, Germany
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Reviewed 17 April 2017

Nice wooden building in the centre of this little town. Beautiful Maori art in the back garden. Contains a model of Captain Cook's ENDEAVOUR.

Thank jobst56
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Reviewed 6 April 2017

We enjoyed the displays, but the place looks like an old-style museum, It is far overshadowed by the new museum at Waitangi.

Thank Neville B
Kippen, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 21 March 2017

Fairly small museum, but well laid out and informative. Good way to pass an hour or so - especially if it is raining

Thank pgb-gargunnock
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 March 2017

For anyone wanting to find out more about the historical township of Russell then an hour spent at the Museum will be time well spent. The Museum is not too large but has some very interesting artefacts as well as a good documentary film. The staff are also most helpful.

Thank stevebG6121BX
Invercargill, New Zealand
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Reviewed 3 March 2017

As a museum buff I was a bit disappointed here, there is so much more history in the area and I found the displays very gappy. The inside was dark and dingy.

Thank ginadigger

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